Superintendent Justin Robertson shares his plans, goals for Hamilton County Schools

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Hamilton County Schools superintendent Justin Robertson at the Hamilton County Department of Education on Monday, January 31, 2022.

Despite starting his new role as superintendent of Hamilton County Schools amid the omicron surge in COVID-19 cases and the accompanying complexities of keeping the school system running despite staffing issues, Dr. Justin Robertson said his transition into the job has been relatively smooth.

Robertson - who has been with the school district since 2008, most recently serving as its director of operations - was selected by the Hamilton County Board of Education to serve as superintendent by a 7-2 vote in December over two other candidates found through a nationwide search.

"I think he has hit the ground running, like we all kind of expected him to," said school board chair Tucker McClendon of East Ridge. "We've had a challenging month with COVID and whatnot, but he went in and has done the job that we all thought he would do when we voted for him."